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Book Title: Wisdom of the Last Farmer: Harvesting Legacies from the Land|
The author of the book: David Mas Masumoto
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 16.72 MB
Edition: Free Press
Date of issue: August 4th 2009
ISBN 13: 9781416599302
Read full description of the books Wisdom of the Last Farmer: Harvesting Legacies from the Land:David Mas Masumoto works a family farm, growing organic peaches, nectarines, and grapes. When Mas’s father had a stroke on the fields of their 80-acre farm, Mas confronted life’s big questions: what do his and his father’s lives mean? What have they lived and worked for? “A fiercely tender book,” (Debora Madison), Wisdom of the Last Farmer “portrays the farmer’s life with so much passion, warmth and honesty that it’s hard to avoid seeing farming’s beauty and gritty appeal. Written from the author’s perspective, in language that is poetic yet unadorned, it’s part memoir, part manifesto, part philosophical discourse and wholly enjoyable” ( San Francisco Chronicle ). In the harvest of his father’s wisdom, and his own, gathered from a lifetime of farming and surviving, Mas finds the natural connections between generation and succession and life, death, and renewal. He shares how to tend and make things grow, and how to know when to let nature take over and give things away.
In Wisdom of the Last Farmer, Masumoto farms stories as he farms peaches. His insights are full of beautiful, lyrical descriptions on how to nurture both the tangible and intangible and make them grow. Through Masumoto’s quiet eloquence, we see how our own destinies are involved in the future of our food, the land, and the farm.
Read information about the authorDavid "Mas" Masumoto is an organic peach and grape farmer and author of Epitaph for a Peach (1995), which offers a glimpse of life on a family farm in Central California, Letters to the Valley, A Harvest of Memories (2004), Four Seasons in Five Senses, Things Worth Savoring (2003), and Harvest Son, Planting Roots in American Soil (1998). His organic farming techniques have been employed by farmers across the nation.
Masumoto earned his B.A. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.S. in community development 1982 from the University of California, Davis. He is the winner of the UC Davis “Award of Distinction” from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in 2003. He was a founding member of California Association of Family Farmers. He has served on the California Tree Fruit Agreement research board and has been a member of the Raisin Advisory Committee research board.
Masumoto and his wife have two children. They reside in an 90 year old farmhouse surrounded by their vineyards and orchards just outside of Del Rey, California which is 20 miles south of Fresno.
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